Part-time, Paid Position Open for Research Assistant in Health Law Study

A professor at the Harvard School of Public Health seeks to hire law student as a part-time, paid research assistant (RA) to work on a pilot study of the weight-loss/muscle-building supplements industry in the United States. The student should have completed two years of law school by summer 2012. The health law RA will attend monthly research team meetings and work closely with Dr. Bryn Austin and health law consultant Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH. The RA will compile a report of her/his findings. The report will document all pertinent federal bills, regulations or legislation that have been filed or enacted or the lack thereof. If research reveals state activity on this issue, the report will describe the same for five states selected for focus. If legal activity is found to be lacking, the report will recommend legal actions possible at the federal and state levels, drawing on successful approaches used to address other public health issues. The report will provide the basis for future legal research and the publication of the information in a scientific peer-reviewed journal and perhaps also a law review journal, if appropriate. The research assistant will write a final report on her/his research results and will contribute to drafting a manuscript for peer-review publication. The position is 15 hours per month for nine months, starting September 2013. Please send resume and statement of interest to Dr. Bryn Austin at

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